History Literature / AThousandSplendidSuns

21st Apr '17 7:06:00 AM Lancelot07
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* BittersweetEnding [[spoiler: Mariam is executed for the murder of Rasheed, but her sacrifice allows Laila and her children to live on in peace. Laila comes back to Afghanistan with her family and finds Jalil's last letter to Mariam, along with Mariam's rightful share of her father's inheritance. Laila spends the money on restructuring an orphanage, becomes a teacher and she's pregnant with a child she plans to name after Mariam if female.]]

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* BittersweetEnding [[spoiler: Mariam is executed for the murder of Rasheed, but her sacrifice allows Laila and Laila, her children and Tariq to live on in peace. Laila comes back to Afghanistan with her family and finds Jalil's last letter to Mariam, along with Mariam's rightful share of her father's inheritance. Laila spends the money on restructuring an orphanage, becomes a teacher and she's pregnant with a child she plans to name after Mariam if female.]]
21st Apr '17 7:04:23 AM Lancelot07
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* CallForward: When Mariam signs her marriage contract with Rasheed, the book mentions that she would sign another contract 27 years later. That contract turns out to be [[spoiler:her complying with her sentence to be executed for having killed Rasheed.]]
9th Apr '17 2:52:41 AM Lancelot07
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** Laila [[spoiler: loses bother her parent during a bombing raid and is left homeless, orphaned and as she soon finds out ''[[TeenPregnancy pregnant]]''. And marrying the disgusting {{jerkass}} Rasheed is her only chance to stay relatively safe with her child]].

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** Laila [[spoiler: loses bother both her parent parents during a bombing raid and is left homeless, orphaned and as she soon then finds out she's ''[[TeenPregnancy pregnant]]''. And marrying She then marries the disgusting {{jerkass}} Rasheed is as her only chance to stay relatively safe with her child]].
3rd Apr '17 7:11:02 AM rednessamon
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* CoolOldGuy: Mullah Faizullah, Mariam's elderly tutor. He treats her kindly and respectfully, and teaches her scripture that brings her some comfort in her later life.
25th Mar '17 5:44:40 PM somestrangecircus
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** Laila [[spoiler: being forced to abandon her daughter because they're starving.]]

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** Laila [[spoiler: being forced to abandon her daughter because they're starving.they don't have enough food. When Aziza is in the orphanage, Laila's only way to visit her is to go out illegally and risk being beaten nearly to death by the Taliban.]]



** The Taliban regime and their absurdly inhuman laws that let thousands of people starving.

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** The Taliban regime and their absurdly inhuman laws that let left thousands of people starving.



* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: Jalil. As war eats his legit family up, he realizes how stupid he is for ditching Mariam. He travels to Kabul to try and make amends, but Marian refuses to see him, and destroys the letter that he leaves for her. She eventually learns that he died about a month later. In the end, she never reads his last letter, which he left with Mullah Faizullah; Laila retrieves it from his son Hamza, along with Mariam's share of the inheritance and a videotape of Pinocchio.]]

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* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: Jalil. As war eats his legit family up, he realizes how stupid he is for ditching Mariam. He travels to Kabul to try and make amends, but Marian Mariam refuses to see him, and destroys the letter that he leaves for her. She eventually learns that he died about a month later. In the end, she never reads his last letter, which he left with Mullah Faizullah; Laila retrieves it from his son Hamza, along with Mariam's share of the inheritance and a videotape of Pinocchio.]]



* BittersweetEnding [[spoiler: Mariam is executed for the murder of Rasheed, but her sacrifice allows Laila and her children to live on in peace. Laila comes back to Afghanistan with her family, finds out that Mariam's father wanted to apologize his daughter and left her money. Laila spends the money on restructuring an orphanage, becomes a teacher and she's pregnant with a child she plans to name after Mariam if female.]]

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* BittersweetEnding [[spoiler: Mariam is executed for the murder of Rasheed, but her sacrifice allows Laila and her children to live on in peace. Laila comes back to Afghanistan with her family, family and finds out that Jalil's last letter to Mariam, along with Mariam's father wanted to apologize his daughter and left rightful share of her money.father's inheritance. Laila spends the money on restructuring an orphanage, becomes a teacher and she's pregnant with a child she plans to name after Mariam if female.]]



* FatBastard: Rasheed is described as being "Thick-bellied".

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* FatBastard: Rasheed is described as being "Thick-bellied"."thick-bellied".



* TheUnfavorite: Quite a few
** Both the protagonists are this in their families. Mariam is the illegitimate daughter her father is ashamed of, while Laila is neglected by her mother in favour of the memory of her deceased brothers.

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* TheUnfavorite: Quite a few
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Both the protagonists are this in their families. Mariam is the illegitimate daughter her father is ashamed of, while Laila is neglected by her mother in favour favor of the memory of her deceased brothers.



* WickedStepmother: Thanks to polygamy, Mariam had 3 of them, who pushed hard for her father to kick off Nana when pregnant with Mariam and when [[spoiler: Nana dies]] are all too willing of get rid of Mariam herself for good.

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* WickedStepmother: Thanks to polygamy, Mariam had 3 of them, who pushed hard for her father to kick off Nana when pregnant with Mariam and when [[spoiler: Nana dies]] are all too willing of to get rid of Mariam herself for good.
27th Feb '17 11:37:00 AM leraluna
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* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Tariq and Laila. [[spoiler: They were [[StarCrossedLovers torn apart for years by Rasheed's lies but eventually get together for good.]]

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* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Tariq and Laila. [[spoiler: They were [[StarCrossedLovers torn apart for years by Rasheed's lies but eventually get together for good.good]].]]
13th Feb '17 12:57:41 AM leraluna
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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: '''Rasheed.''' Mariam murdering him was ''definitely'' well-deserved from what he did to her and Kaila and it's definitely a cathartic CrowningMomentOfAwesome.]]

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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: '''Rasheed.''' Mariam murdering him was ''definitely'' well-deserved from what he did to her and Kaila Laila and it's definitely a cathartic CrowningMomentOfAwesome.]]



* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler: Laila martire Tariq and at the end of the book she's pregnant with their second child.]]

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* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler: Laila martire marries Tariq and at the end of the book she's pregnant with their second child.]]
14th Jan '17 10:09:15 AM leraluna
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* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice:]] [[spoiler: Mariam allows herself to be executed for Rasheed's murder so that Laila and Tariq can leave Kabul.]]

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* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice:]] HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Mariam allows herself to be executed for Rasheed's murder so that Laila and Tariq can leave Kabul.]]



* Irony: Laila is happy to see the Taliban taking over, thinking that it'll end the violence and suffering. [[FromBadToWorse It doesn't.]]

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* Irony: {{Irony}}: Laila is happy to see the Taliban taking over, thinking that it'll end the violence and suffering. [[FromBadToWorse It doesn't.]]


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* WickedStepmother: Thanks to polygamy, Mariam had 3 of them, who pushed hard for her father to kick off Nana when pregnant with Mariam and when [[spoiler: Nana dies]] are all too willing of get rid of Mariam herself for good.
13th Jan '17 10:52:21 AM leraluna
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* AdultFear: There's a horrifying scene after [[spoiler: Giti]] dies where her mother has to collect pieces of her body.

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* AdultFear: Plenty of, as you would expect from a country cursed with ''decades'' of war.
** Laila's mother loses both her sons.
** Laila [[spoiler: loses bother her parent during a bombing raid and is left homeless, orphaned and as she soon finds out ''[[TeenPregnancy pregnant]]''. And marrying the disgusting {{jerkass}} Rasheed is her only chance to stay relatively safe with her child]].
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There's a horrifying scene after [[spoiler: Giti]] dies where her mother has to collect pieces of her body.body.
** Laila [[spoiler: being forced to abandon her daughter because they're starving.]]
** When Rasheed's shop [[spoiler: is burnt down, all his family lose their only source of income and the book does a great job describing how they slowly start starving.]]
** The Civil War is this and also a ParanoiaFuel. No one knows when and if their house will be bombed to the point that children drop school because it's too dangerous to even walk from block to block.
** The Taliban regime and their absurdly inhuman laws that let thousands of people starving.



* [[spoiler: AssholeVictim: '''Rasheed.''' Mariam murdering him was ''definitely'' well-deserved from what he did to her in the past.]]

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* [[spoiler: AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: '''Rasheed.''' Mariam murdering him was ''definitely'' well-deserved from what he did to her in the past.and Kaila and it's definitely a cathartic CrowningMomentOfAwesome.]]



* [[spoiler:BabiesEverAfter]]
* [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding: Mariam is executed for the murder of Rasheed, but her sacrifice allows Laila and her children to live on in peace.]]

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* [[spoiler:BabiesEverAfter]]
BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler: Laila martire Tariq and at the end of the book she's pregnant with their second child.]]
* [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding: BittersweetEnding [[spoiler: Mariam is executed for the murder of Rasheed, but her sacrifice allows Laila and her children to live on in peace.peace. Laila comes back to Afghanistan with her family, finds out that Mariam's father wanted to apologize his daughter and left her money. Laila spends the money on restructuring an orphanage, becomes a teacher and she's pregnant with a child she plans to name after Mariam if female.]]



* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Tariq and Laila.

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* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Tariq and Laila. [[spoiler: They were [[StarCrossedLovers torn apart for years by Rasheed's lies but eventually get together for good.]]



* DefrostingIceQueen: Mariam at first dislikes Laila until they bond over their misery at Rasheed's hands and the affection for Laila's daughter.



* [[spoiler: TheDogBitesBack[=/=]PayEvilUntoEvil: Mariam's murder of Rasheed.]]
* DomesticAbuse: Rasheed again.
* DramaticIrony: Laila is happy to see the Taliban taking over, thinking that it'll end the violence and suffering. [[FromBadToWorse It doesn't.]]

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* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler: TheDogBitesBack[=/=]PayEvilUntoEvil: Mariam's murder After decades of Rasheed.abuse and suffering Mariam murders Rasheed when he's strangling Laila.]]
* DomesticAbuse: Rasheed again.
* DramaticIrony: Laila is happy to see the Taliban taking over, thinking that it'll end the violence
starts with emotional abuse and suffering. [[FromBadToWorse It doesn't.]]then goes straight to physical violence.


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* Irony: Laila is happy to see the Taliban taking over, thinking that it'll end the violence and suffering. [[FromBadToWorse It doesn't.]]


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* TheUnfavorite: Quite a few
** Both the protagonists are this in their families. Mariam is the illegitimate daughter her father is ashamed of, while Laila is neglected by her mother in favour of the memory of her deceased brothers.
** Rasheed endlessly spoils Zalmai, but ignores or abuses Aziza because she's a female [[spoiler: and because he has long guessed she's actually Tariq's daughter]].
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